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A comparative study on registration system of real estate between Hong Kong and Mainland China

Hao Wang (School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China)
Shuyan Wei (School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China)
Bo-sin Tang (Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Junhua Chen (School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China)
Wenbin Li (School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 19 February 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review land/real estate registration practice in Hong Kong, and make an in-depth comparison with Mainland China and finally provide helpful suggestions for the government.

Design/methodology/approach

Research methods including document analysis/review and comparative study are used in this paper.

Findings

The main findings focus on the problems existing in the mainland, including narrow query subject, single way of query, limited query time, and lacking of incentive mechanism. Helpful suggestions for real estate registration system in Mainland China are offered based on the comparative study.

Practical implications

The unified registration system can improve the efficiency of administrative institutions to ensure an open and transparent environment of property right registration, which helps prevent the relevant departments from abusing administrative power and harming the interests of obligees. The findings of this research can serve as a useful reference for policy makers to improve the unified registration system in China.

Originality/value

The registration system/mechanism determines the efficiency and effectiveness of real estate/land market. However, land registration and query in some countries such as Mainland China have institutional problems which hinder the sustained and healthy development of the real estate industry. The value of this paper is to propose constructive suggestions for such countries/regions by comparing and learning from a good model.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to express their sincere gratitude to NSFC (Nos 71403304, 71402200, 71473283), Beijing Social Science Foundation (No. 17GLB030), and “Youth Talents” Program of Central University of Finance and Economics (QYP1711) for the funding support for the research project on which this paper is based.

Citation

Wang, H., Wei, S., Tang, B.-s., Chen, J. and Li, W. (2018), "A comparative study on registration system of real estate between Hong Kong and Mainland China", Property Management, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 5-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/PM-08-2016-0044

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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